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Would WSU Appeals Board have granted Robert Barber's request if he waived right to due process?

THE WSU APPEALS Board appears to have denied Robert Barber’s Oct. 24 request to complete his degree this semester because he wasn’t contrite enough in his letter of request. Here’s the irony: if Barber had indeed put in writing what the Appeals Board apparently wanted, he likely would have undermined his own defense in the event Whitman County prosecutors opted to pursue action against him for his role in the July 23 off-campus party melee that landed him in front of the WSU Conduct Board.

In her Oct. 26 response to Barber’s request to complete his degree this semester, Appeals Board chair Paula Adams wrote:

“In reviewing your request, the Chair of the Appeals Board looked for information that would demonstrate your active pursuit of learning throughout the conduct process. Although you described how this process has affected you, you did not describe how this process may have prompted you to reflect on how your actions have affected others.

The University Appeals Board considered your perspective and information provided when amending your sanctions. By amending your sanctions, the Appeals Board provided you with an opportunity to reflect on the complicity of your actions and to pursue the completion of your degree at a later date. Consequently, your request to delay is denied …”

That letter (pasted below in its entirety minus address and signature lines) was included last Thursday in WSU’s 54-page public response in Whitman County Superior Court to Barber’s filings the day before asking the court for a stay on, and petition to review, the Appeals Board’s ruling that he be booted from the school until next summer.

Also included in WSU’s court response was Barber’s Oct. 24 letter. Here’s is that letter:

THE LETTER FROM APPEALS BOARD CHAIR PAULA ADAMS RESPONDING TO BARBER (the header has been removed to omit Barber's home address):

THIS PAST FRIDAY, WSU President Kirk Schulz announced plans to grant Barber his degree while maintaining the WSU Conduct Board's suspension of the senior lineman from America Samoa and not allowing him on campus. Barber advocates, including State Sen. Mike Baumgartner, teammate Gabe Marks, and the leaders of the football team's parent association strongly condemned this "round-about" way of dealing with what they believe is unfair and unequal treatment and due process.

 


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